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  • Five DOE Award Winners Pursuing Ph.D. Research at PNNL

    Congratulations to Alyssa Hensley, Melissa LeTourneau, Michael Nielsen, Christopher South and Anne-Marie Suriano, who each earned a 2015 DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research award to supplement part of their Ph.D. thesis research at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The awards help students prepare for careers in science, technology, engineering or mathematics by providing stipends to cover their living expenses at PNNL and travel.

  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Oregon Health & Science University Team up to Accelerate Biomedical Discovery

    Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Oregon Health & Science University are joining forces to answer some of the world's most complex biomedical questions. The institutions have formed the OHSU-PNNL Northwest Co-Laboratory for Integrated 'Omics, sharing research programs and leading-edge technology for biological mass spectrometry in pursuit of disease markers for new therapies.

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    Towards Controlled Preparation of Complex Architectures Using High-Intensity Beams of Mass-Selected Ions

    At Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, scientists can now create novel mesoscale structures for fundamental studies in energy production and storage through precisely controlled deposition of mass-selected ions, thanks to a new high-intensity soft landing instrument that cuts the time to create designer surfaces or structures by a factor of 5 to 6.

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    Packing Heat: New Fluid Makes Untapped Geothermal Energy Cleaner

    More American homes could be powered by the earth's natural underground heat with a new, nontoxic and potentially recyclable liquid developed at PNNL that is expected to use half as much water as other fluids used to tap into otherwise unreachable geothermal hot spots.

  • Low-Dose Radiation Impacts Skin Sensitivity

    Scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory exposed human skin tissue samples to low doses of ionizing radiation and found that the skin showed perturbations that suggest its stability is altered. This, in turn, could change skin's sensitivity after exposure to insults, such as infection. Understanding the effects of low-dose radiation exposure is important for protecting the population and environment from potentially harmful effects of increased exposures.

About The Division

Scientists within the Biological Sciences Division perform biological systems science research and develop technologies focused on how cells, cell communities, and organisms sense and respond to their environment. Our vision is to measure, predict, design, and control multi-cellular biological systems and bio-inspired solutions for energy, environment, and health.

Our investigator-initiated and multi-institutional collaborative research, unique scientific instrumentation, and national program leadership translate the latest scientific discoveries into technologies that are beneficial to the nation.

Our research has applications to energy, environment, and human health missions of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other federal agencies.

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